Trials and travails of a Taiwanese-American kid in Taiwan
Friday, June 16, 2006
The view of Da-Ta Mountain (sacred ground to the Zou aboriginal group ) from Ren-Ho elementary school's balcony just before heavy rains poured into Taiwan from Thursday afternoon into Sunday. The rain caused landslides, blocking roads and destroying bridges island wide. The Ali-shan region was hit especially hard. Luckily, I managed to get a ride back to Taipei before the roads out of Feng-shan were sealed due to flooding!
Soil conversation, erosion and overdevelopment are major issues that I wish could be addressed by local and central authorities. Unfortunately, short-sightedness and earning the quick NT while not reinvesting back into mother nature has exacerbated the damage done to the region after Typhoon He-bo and the 9-21 earthquake.